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Shampoo away the grey with Just for Men’s Rights Activists

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MRAs can now shampoo away the grey in their neckbeards in just five minutes with Just For Men’s Rights Activists special neckbeard formula gel! Now with a new, angrier formula!

I found this faux trading card on Reddit’s AgainstMensRights subreddit, which is devoted to skewering the MensRights subreddit. The OP says his girlfriend got it at an art show, but alas I do not know where that show was or from whom she got it.

Click on the pic for a bigger version, in which you can see that this formula comes in Fedora Brown, and was “voted best for neckbeards by a panel of elder misogynists.”

Ironically, the beards depicted on real Just for Men boxes aren’t much more believable than the one on the parody box.

Also ironically, I am sporting a bit of a neckbeard today. No bulging veins in my forehead, though.

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Rabukurafuto
Rabukurafuto
8 years ago

How did neckbeard become an insult and become associated with MRAs? I was surprised to find out neckbeards were even a real look after hearing about it from here.

cloudiah
8 years ago

How did he get that lipstick kiss on his collar?

Kim
Kim
8 years ago

I always thought it was when a guy had trouble growing hair on his face, but it just grew on his neck and sideburny region, and he didn’t bother to shave it. So shorthand for someone young and/or not very manly (ie not enough testosterone) and not well groomed. I mean, the way neckbeard is usually used is not implying a man with a full bushy beard.

So like this. Though googling neckbeard images shows that a full beard just on the neck was popular in olden-times, but a lot of the pictures seem to be people wearing neckbeards ironically in reaction to the neckbeard meme.

Kim
Kim
8 years ago

PS. the card is awesome. I hope the artist finds it here and links us to the rest of their work.

The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

Love that pic. It looks like Elam posed for it.

Neckbeard was already an insult. Check Urban Dictionary’s entry on it. It’s easy enough to transfer it from nerds (and the gaming community is notoriously misogynistic) to MRAs, given their attitude that women have to be perfect, waxed, size-0 virgin porn stars, whereas men aren’t even required to be clean. (See the idiot who posted on YouTube about how unfair it is that women don’t like having to clean shitstains of men’s pants.)

I can’t imagine a word like neckbeard not being an insult, even if I’d never read any definitions.

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First time I saw a neckbeard (and I’d never heard the term then) it was a young guy with very scanty, long hair growing from his throat and stopping at his chin. It looked like a giant armpit. Gross.

Rabukurafuto
Rabukurafuto
8 years ago

I always thought it was when a guy had trouble growing hair on his face, but it just grew on his neck and sideburny region, and he didn’t bother to shave it. So shorthand for someone young and/or not very manly (ie not enough testosterone) and not well groomed. I mean, the way neckbeard is usually used is not implying a man with a full bushy beard.

That makes sense. Thank you Kim.

I notice the card has “fedora brown” on it and that reminds me of how fedoras are sometimes associated with MRAs too. I was under the impression that male geeks are associated with fedoras too. Is this some overlap? Before I ever heard of MRAs sexist nice guy geeks were a morbid interest of mine.

The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

Morbid interest LOL!

I don’t know how that association came about, or if it’s a particularly US thing. The only guys I see wearing fedoras (or what I’d call trilbies – this rather than this) are more like hipsters; they’re sharply dressed and look good, something I’d not expect of MRAs or NiceGuys(TM).

It bugs me because my other half wears a fedora and he is as far from a nerd, geek, NiceGuy(TM), MRA, or hipster, for that matter, as one could get! 😀

Rabukurafuto
Rabukurafuto
8 years ago

Neckbeard was already an insult. Check Urban Dictionary’s entry on it. It’s easy enough to transfer it from nerds (and the gaming community is notoriously misogynistic) to MRAs, given their attitude that women have to be perfect, waxed, size-0 virgin porn stars, whereas men aren’t even required to be clean. (See the idiot who posted on YouTube about how unfair it is that women don’t like having to clean shitstains of men’s pants.)

Ah, that’s perfect! Thank you so much for that explanation, ugly as it is, but now I understand how it’s an insult. That state of mind has always bothered me; slovenly men complaining about how beautiful women should love them for their personalities while judging woman by their looks alone.

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My pleasure! 🙂

Creative Writing Student

@Kitteh’s

Not one’s usual image of French royalty, but very spiffy! 😀

I own a Trilby for reasons of spiffiness, and so does my boyfriend, but he has a very large head and can’t wear it. I tried to compliment him and said his head was so large because it was full of brains, but he said that made me sound like a zombie. 😛

The hat has been converted into a cat stand.

The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

LOL about the zombie!

Yup, Himself was slumming it in Degraves St that day. 😉 He puts up with a lot when I’m on shoe-shopping expeditions, though I blame him for one pair that looked great but never did break in.

I think trilbies and fedoras can look great – I can see you wearing one, CWS, they’d suit your Dr Who style. Most of the people I see wearing ’em look very good.

And of course one mustn’t forget how damn good Johnny Depp looks wearing one. (Okay, he has an unfair advantage, but still.)

How can the hat have been converted into a cat stand? Isn’t everything a cat stand anyway?

Rabukurafuto
Rabukurafuto
8 years ago

Morbid interest LOL!

I don’t know how that association came about, or if it’s a particularly US thing. The only guys I see wearing fedoras (or what I’d call trilbies – this rather than this) are more like hipsters; they’re sharply dressed and look good, something I’d not expect of MRAs or NiceGuys(TM).

It bugs me because my other half wears a fedora and he is as far from a nerd, geek, NiceGuy(TM), MRA, or hipster, for that matter, as one could get! 😀

Ah, I remember you protesting the use of “fedora” as an insult some time ago because of this. Thank you for this too, Kitteh!

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Yup, any excuse to post more hubby pics! 😀

Rabukurafuto
Rabukurafuto
8 years ago

And so I fail in using blockquotes right after saying to myself, “I shall be extra careful with blockquotes around here”.

The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

You have fallen prey to the blockquote monster! It was prolly listening when you said that. But congratulations, you can now stand tall and say I HAVE PASSED MY MANBOOBZ INITIATION.

Some Gal Not Bored at All

Isn’t everything a cat stand anyway?

I have one of those scratching board things (about 1.5 inches thick) and the cat just knocks it over and sleeps on it. Then she scratches the couch it is normally propped against.

Don’t forget though that not everything is a cat stand. Some things are in the way and must be knocked onto the floor. (Now that is a category that, for my cat, includes everything she can physically shove and possibly some things she can’t.)

Rabukurafuto
Rabukurafuto
8 years ago

You have fallen prey to the blockquote monster! It was prolly listening when you said that. But congratulations, you can now stand tall and say I HAVE PASSED MY MANBOOBZ INITIATION.

Yes, I certainly can, Kitteh! It’s only a matter of time after one begins to post on Man Boobz!

Creative Writing Student

Isn’t everything a cat stand anyway?

He stopped enticing the cats away from the hat and onto surfaces such as the bed/futon/armchair/lap/airbed. (Cats approve of airbeds. “Hmm. This room has been transmogrified into a bed.” *paw padding* “Yes. This is pleasing to me. You may now commence your worship.”)

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I have one of those scratching board things (about 1.5 inches thick) and the cat just knocks it over and sleeps on it. Then she scratches the couch it is normally propped against.

Mads and Fribs like sleeping on theirs, which are usually lying on the floor. Mads also likes having wrestling matches with them, and gave herself a fright recently when she flipped it up against the clothes horse.

She’s a couch destroyer, too. We thought our couch had been through the worst when Magnus crossed over, but nope, Mads is just as bad. Last time I’m getting a tapestry couch.

Don’t forget though that not everything is a cat stand. Some things are in the way and must be knocked onto the floor. (Now that is a category that, for my cat, includes everything she can physically shove and possibly some things she can’t.)

Cat stands, cat beds, cat gravity demonstrators …

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

This entire house is a cat stand.

Love the trading card.

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On totally unrelated trivia, my new ring arrived yesterday.

Some Gal Not Bored at All

@The Kittehs’

That is a beautiful ring! I’m a little jealous. Can I ask where you got it and if they have necklaces like that? 🙂

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

Nice ring!

lowquacks
lowquacks
8 years ago

Truth be told, the only thing that kept me from joining the MRM was my beard’s refusal to grow any further downwards than about a fussy/businesslike high neckline. Nice work, lowquacksbeard.

Hershele Ostropoler
8 years ago

I always shave my neck, even if I’m shaving nothing else. It’s the difference between “not shaving” and “growing a beard”; it means that I didn’t forget to shave, that the hair remaining on my face is there because I want it there.

kamilla1960
kamilla1960
8 years ago

It looks like a Roz Chast cartoon.

cloudiah
8 years ago

The reason that I myself was necroing that old thread is that I have finally finished the post on the JohnTheOtter posters. Truly, one of The Kittehs’ finest hours here. Check it out! (Warning: If you have a slow Internet connection, you will want to hurl the “Step on a LEGO” curse at me if you click on that link. Many images.)

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Thanks, hellkell! 🙂

@Some Gal – my gf got it online from a company in the US, and it was all of $10. I can’t recall what company it was; I know they don’t ship overseas. I just had a look through Etsy’s website and didn’t see it there, though they had a heap of really nice fleur de lys rings (and don’t ship overseas … grrr).

Sir and I decided it’s my engagement ring. We like doing things arse about face … first we’re married, then we get wedding rings, then we have a wedding ceremony of sorts, then he proposes, then I get an engagement ring.

@lowquacks – but if your beard won’t grow down far enough, wouldn’t that mean you’d have to stand on your head all the time to be an MRA?

@Hershele, nice to see you, been a while!

… aaand it’s raining again, hope that brings the temperature and humidity down. Not counting on it, though.

cloudiah
8 years ago

That is a pretty ring, Kittehs’!

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Thanks, cloudiah!

I love, LOVE your latest blog post. And not cos it’s got my stuff in it. Cthulhu’s Intern’s “Feminists in disguise” poster cracked me up completely.

lowquacks
lowquacks
8 years ago

@Kittehhelp

I’m not quite sure what you’re saying, but that sounds inconvenient, and the requisite tinfoil hat would probably fall off like that, so it’s probably for the best.

Is it really hot and humid down there too then? Weather was just starting to get reasonable and nice about a week ago and then storms then this.

Some Gal Not Bored at All

@The Kittehs’

That’s awesome. I was thinking a similar necklace would make a nice anniversary gift from the boyfriend. (Our 9th anniversary is in roughly two weeks.)

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@Some Gal – I think Etsy had quite a few fleur-de-lys pendants or necklaces as well, though not with the same blue stone. The ones I saw were very pretty.

Early happy anniversary wishes!

@lowquacks – I was thinking that MRAs have to have neckbeards, so if yours was over instead of under, you’d have to stand upside down to do it. Or at least, to look as silly as an MRA. 😉

lowquacks
lowquacks
8 years ago
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PS it hasn’t been outrageously hot – mid to low thirties – but it’s been really steamy. We had thunderstorms all over the city yesterday morning, heavy enough that the lower-lying paths in Fawkner Park were pooled maybe 5cm deep in water. I’ve never seen them that wet before. Then of course the rain cleared, it went up to about 26C, and was like a sauna in the afternoon.

I wish I was at Home! We were out playing in the snow yesternight!

/summer rant

cloudiah
8 years ago

lowquacks, but that otter is mad for reasons that make sense! Unstackable cups. Who would hand those to an otter?!!?!?

dlouwe
dlouwe
8 years ago

Hey Manboobz, OP from the post here! For those wondering, the artist is Simon Hanselmann, http://girlmountain.tumblr.com/

Some Gal Not Bored at All

@The Kittehs’

Thanks. 🙂

The boyfriend actually just got rid of his neckbeard today. (He treats his facial hair like I treat my leg, etc. hair. We let it grow until we feel like doing something about it or it gets annoying and then we get rid of all of it and start over.) So, today was his shaving/haircut day. Fitting.

Kim
Kim
8 years ago

I’ve never really liked the neckbeard insult, because of it’s “you aren’t manly enough. If you were you’d be able to grow a proper beard on your face” aspect. One of my best friends is your classic computer gaming guy. He’s also baby-faced and has very sparse facial hair even though he’s in his 20s. If he doesn’t shave he gets a bit of a scraggly goatee/neckbeard. He does have good hygiene, and he is definitely not a misogynist.

So yeah, it just seems a bit gender/appearance policing to me.

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I gave up on shaving or depilating any other way years ago, though I’d only ever done it sporadically. I don’t go bare legged anyway, and if someone wants to have a tizzy about my fluffy ankles, that’s their problem. As for the oxters (not otters, lol!) it’s not worth it – I’m very prone to chafing in hot weather, and being hairless makes it worse. Plus it’s too much hassle and too uncomfortable when hair’s growing out.

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I’ve never associated neckbeard with a guy not being able to grow hair above the chinline – just seen it as a particularly ugly beard that’s not worth growing (my aesthetics, obviously) and its association with groups that are notoriously misogynistic. It’s the fedora line that bugs me, though that’s less personal than hair, of course. Fedoras to me are Sir and Foyle and Milner and Johny Depp and Indiana Jones and … just gorgeous, flattering hats.

clairedammit
clairedammit
8 years ago

Thanks, dlouwe!

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

The whole neckbeard concept confuses me, since none of the men I know are hairy enough to grow one.

aworldanonymous
8 years ago

@Kittehs

I’ve not seen your other half before recently, is that one of the Louis’?

aworldanonymous
8 years ago

Also, neckbeards are what grows on men who can’t be bothered to shave.

pecunium
8 years ago

re fedoras: I wear one (in the “stetson” style, not the “Front Page” style). What I don’t wear is trilbies. Too small, and affected. Can’t keep the sun out of your eyes, nor the rain off your neck. They don’t flatter the face and make the head look too big.

It’s a rare person (usually female) who can pull it off. Most of the men who wear it are more affected than I tend to enjoy; lots of style, at the expense of apparent substance.

But that’s my “shallow” takeaway on them.

Drew
Drew
8 years ago

I get Roz Chast, but it feels to me like it’s Gorge Zimmer by way of Adventure Time and Kate Beaton (those googly eyes look kinda like her horse eyes).

see e.g. http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120301235619/ideas/images/2/23/Marceline%27s_Dad.jpg

The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

@aworldanonymous – yup, he’s Louis XIII. This is a then-and-now shot. He was about 33 when the portrait was painted.

🙂

Noadi
8 years ago

Fedoras to me are Sir and Foyle and Milner and Johny Depp and Indiana Jones and … just gorgeous, flattering hats.

Absolutely. I love hats and my fedora is one of my favorites, second only to my bright red bowler.

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